United States citizens devote a significant portion of their incomes to educate future generations through the taxes they pay, and the resultant expenditures of federal, state, and local governments on education. As the epigraph of this essay suggests active participation in a competitive global economy will be required of future tax payers, if we (the people of California) desire to create an environment in our state in which individuals can continue to pursue personal, public, and economic growth.
A culture is created when a group comes together for a common reason. This reason can be anything from beliefs, family roots, interest, and location to values, knowledge, or any other mutual ground. Culture tends to be passed from generation to generation as children learn the expectations of family and friends (Strouse, 2001). People can be a part of multiple cultures as they have different connections to people throughout their life. “Each school has a culture of its own, like a miniature society. This is part of the school climate” (Ballantine & Hammack, 2012, p. 216). Within this environment are many different subcultures that make up the various groups of people. In schools, these groups are the students, teachers, parents, administration, staff, and community members.
Culture, therefore, includes a combination of the values, rituals, and beliefs shared and demonstrated by participants within the school. Everything educators do and believe in constitutes the culture of a school. School culture involves proper communication; it encompasses good values and beliefs. This is reflected in the school’s customs, artifacts, ceremonies, and stories. The school culture has the power to revitalize the school
Education is a very important tool that most people strive to obtain because it is knowledge and information that the world provides us to change for better. I believe education has a big effect in children, teenagers, and adults in the United States because it an environment of a modern lifestyle where we are pushing our kids to be the best intelligent mindsets that the future holds. The author Carl Singleton wrote “What our education system needs is more F’s” and he states his opinion in how the grading system should work according to his point of view. I have read different articles that the topic is similar to Carl Singleton’s article but I disagree with this one because of his statements.
Creating the opportunity for school culture will captivate that inspires children to dream and support learners to be successful. When students enter the classroom to expand their learning, they deal with positive learning that has an outcome that cultivate in classrooms to the highest level when children are appreciated and respected as teachers will have a rich cultural capital for families that gives an educational environment.
Three topics of interest in education are school culture, school curriculum, instruction and assessment and data collection and analysis to improve instructional outcome. Firstly I strongly believe that school culture plays a huge role in shaping the quality of education students receive. In a productive learning environment, students strive and I have personally seen that happen. Within the past few years, I have seen a drastic reduction of positive school culture in my previous school. Every program was affected from attendance to academics. Strong teachers, however, had a classroom with huge growth while others not so much. This brought me to the conclusion that school culture is shaped by the collective efforts of all staff.
The main point to realize here is that all the disciplines are intertwined together. Therefore, the habits of mind from each discipline can be applied to other disciplines. Meaning, that if a student struggles in one discipline they can access other habits of mind from other disciplines to improve their thinking in another. More importantly, since all the discipline affect one another, if a student does not know how to use the habits of mind in one discipline, most likely that student will have a difficult time in other disciplines. Furthermore, it is crucial for students that are going into the field as educators to fully grasp the importance these habits of mind implement in reasoning and thinking, that way they can promote these habits of mind in children's learning
A child needs to be able to feel safe in order to take risks and chances in the learning process. Without a positive school and classroom climate, students are likely to not fully engage in learning and thus he/she may not willing to volunteer or participate in activities in small or large group settings. This ultimately diminishes the cognitive learning potential for the student for the short and long term.
Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people. It is learned and transmitted from one generation to the next. Culture will change as situations and the needs of people change. A school environment itself constitutes a subculture within a larger society. Each school has a culture of its own, like a minuscule society. The school culture reflects the community in which the school is located and its students’ characteristics. This will consist of the values, attitudes, beliefs, norms, and customs of those making the system. This is because of the racial and socioeconomic segregation of residential communities. A school’s culture is formed by its history context and the individuals in it. Each school has a
The public education system strives to prepare kids for the real world and to be good citizens who will succeed. However, when schools are focused on making sure we succeed they forget that not every kid is the same. Some learn better by themselves without distractions, others work better with groups or need a little extra help to understand what is being told. Every kid does not learn at the same pace. Therefore, schools should focus on guiding students and helping them learn in the way that works best for them, while also making sure that they understand/are prepared for the other ways of working/learning that they will encounter.
Evaluation of my current school culture using the school culture guidelines by Richard Cardillo, Jonathan Cohen and Terry Pickeral
Sparks states that, "Student ability to learn depends not just on the quality of a textbooks and teachers but also on the comfort and safety they feel at school and strength of their relationships with adults and peers there." I agree with Sparks because if a child feels like they are not safe at school then there is a possibility the child does not want to be a school. Most schools has policy to make sure the environment is secure. Some states have anti- bully, harassment, or sexual conduct policy but some of the policies may be more complex as for a school setting. If a child live or in a high stress environment and chronically physical feel unsafe or uncared, then it will hard for them learn. Therefore, it is our job to help make our environment
I believe that for these students, school can be a place of hope, change, growth, and opportunity. This means meeting the student and the student’s family and community where they are at. I believe that all families want what is best for their children and want them to be successful. I believe that both the families and the students are doing the best they can at any given moment. Families often need opportunities for support from outside agencies and support systems in order to allow them to be the best they can be. Holistic or wrap-around services are essential.. A very basic example of this philosophy is that a child can’t learn if they are hungry so food should be provided. Students who need it should have access to meals provided by the school. I am employed by an organization that packs 300 backpacks of food that children who are risk of not having enough to eat over the weekend can take home. If students need mental health services, access to those should be provided. If families need support in getting medical care or safe housing, they should be able to access resources to help them and schools can be the hub of those kinds of services for families in need. If the ultimate goal of education is to help create contributing members of society, than some families will need support along the way.
Like I all children and people can lean and continue to learn throughout their lives. When a child first begins to go to school they are making their first attempts at crawling. They are learning the alphabet, numbers among other things. They learn to be social, work together, sharing, and following directions. Most of this should already be known but is reinforced at the school. Learning these basic functions will help the student as they progress through their educational career. With the family unit what it is today, the schools have had to become more than just a place for educational purposes. By today’s standards you are not only an educator but, a social worker, a nurse, a confidant a multitude of hats must be worn to be an educator today. It seems to me that schools today have become the ones teaching children respect and morals. I know that there are issues concerning thoughts on the ability of all children being able to learn. My thoughts on this are yes every child can learn something. They may not learn at the same level and may even have handicaps but they are capable of learning. I believe that through the elementary (grade school), middle or junior high and high schools all of these create processes which are an integral part in the steps needed to become productive contributor to society.
The culture of a school, just like the culture of a business or community, is the way people commonly behave and whether they view their actions as right or wrong according to that culture. The students and teachers throughout the area are all in the same society, but they are connected even more in depth by the culture that is developed at each school. At Jack P. Nix Primary School the culture was geared towards making the students successful and creating positive life habits. Although the school was only kindergarten through second grade, they were able to influence their lives through the uplifting culture at the school. The classroom I worked in promoted positive behaviors and actions as well as developing good habits to take home such as eating habits, behavioral habits, and how others should be treated. The culture at Jack P. Nix Primary School was portrayed to the students through the classroom and elective teachers, administrators and administrative staff, and the janitors, lunch ladies, and bus drivers.